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Zamora, Ecuador - Nature Walks In Podocarpus National Park

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2011   » View Photoset (56 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Located in the very south of Ecuadors Oriente is Zamora, a beautiful and peaceful town known for its gold-mining, bird-watching, waterfalls and nature walks
Ecuador Photo - Orange, black and white butterfly in Podocarpus National Park in Zamora.
Orange, black and white butterfly in Podocarpus National Park in Zamora.
in Podocarpus National Park. There is a ton of accommodation in Zamora covering all budgets. I stayed 5mins from the center at a place overlooking the river - double-room $13USD for 2. Zamora reminds me of Banos in the way it looks and feels around town, they are both lovely places.

Podocarpus National Park

The entrance to Podocarpus National Park takes 10mins from the center of town by taxi, $4USD each way. The fee to enter the park seems to vary from everywhere I have read in books or on the internet, some say $10USD, others $5USD. As at August 2011 when I was there, the price on the sign says $2USD although it was Sunday when I visited
Ecuador Photo - Big ants carry leaf pieces on forest floor in Podocarpus National Park, Zamora.
Big ants carry leaf pieces on forest floor in Podocarpus National Park, Zamora.
and nobody was in the ticket office, so it was free.

Birdlife

I was disappointed not to see many birds at the park, they were hiding! I did however see a few butterflies, a spider and amazing plants and flora with exotic shapes, smells and colors. It is possible to see some amazing birds here such as the Gallo de la Pena, known as Cock of the Rock, and also a bird called the Paraguas Amazonico - Amazonian Umbrellabird. I wish I had seen them and I wish you good luck spotting them.

Forest and River

There is a swimming area by the river and safe lookout points. The forest floor is the most interesting place of all with all kinds of things growing including insect eating plants, fungi, ferns and some flowers that looked like atoms connecting. Trails of large ants carrying pieces of leaves crossed the walking paths.
Ecuador Photo - Small butterfly at Podocarpus National Park in Zamora.
Small butterfly at Podocarpus National Park in Zamora.

Waterfalls and Mirador

The first waterfall I saw was Cascada La Chismosa, a sign pointed to a much larger waterfall Cascada La Poderosa 510m walk away. When I got to the waterfall there were 2 families swimming and enjoying the water, this was a nice place to sit down and relax for a while and have a sandwich and drink. Back on the path a sign pointed to the Mirador lookout 800m away and said that it was 85mins walk away. I didn't take up the signs offer on this occasion though. I enjoyed 5hrs at the park and made my way back to the entrance where I had arranged for the same taxi to pick me up at a certain time, which he did.

In Town

I bought some meat and vegetables at the central markets and that evening cooked a meal in my room. The next day I did my own city tour for a few hours by foot. Zamora has a couple
Ecuador Photo - Podocarpus National Park in Zamora, beautiful walks in the forest.
Podocarpus National Park in Zamora, beautiful walks in the forest.
of churches - Catedral Vicariato de Zamora and Iglesia Cristo Redentor. There is a museum - Museo Monsenor Jorge Mosquera and parks and monuments - Parque Central, Malecon del Zamora, Parque Infantil, Plaza San Francisco, Monument Naya o la Chapetona, Monument Etnia Shuar and Centro Recreacional Bombuscaro. The central park and cathedral is nice and has gardens and a fountain with a parrot at the top. From all over town you can see the huge clock on the hillside made from steel and grass. At Parque San Francisco up the road a little there is a monument and I noticed a sign saying that there is an animal refuge in Zamora called Izanka Refugio Ecologico.

Animal Refuge

I believe Izanka Refugio Ecologico has over 100 animals of different species, reptiles and mammals including a Tapir plus parrots, parakeets, weasels, quail, turtles, alligators, iguanas, cuchuchos, spider monkeys, boa constrictor,
Ecuador Photo - Bridge across the river, slow shutter speed, Zamora.
Bridge across the river, slow shutter speed, Zamora.
capybara, peccary pig, iguanas and gray breasted eagle. Also at Izanka there is a museum of archeology, fruit trees and a crafts shop of indigenous arts by the Shuar people.

The River Park

I made my way to the park beside the river and saw some of the other monuments along the way. The river park area is very nice with trees and gardens and has thatched huts for sun shelter and picnics.

Bus 80mins to Loja

After a couple of nights in Zamora I was ready to get a bus to Loja, its 63kms and only 1hr 20mins away, the bus ticket cost $2.40USD. I had passed through Loja before but hadn't seen anything, this time I would. From Zamora to Loja I saw many waterfalls on the left side of the bus. From Zamora it's 270kms to Cuenca and 311kms to Machala.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Zamora (Ecuador) to:


Map location: Zamora, Ecuador. Located in the very south of Ecuador's Oriente is Zamora, a beautiful and peaceful town known for its gold-mining, bird-watching, waterfalls and nature walks in Podocarpus National Park! It's a beautiful place to relax and enjoy nature.
 A : Loja - Ecuador 31 kms 31 kms straight distance | 1hr 30mins 1hr 30mins by car (66 kms) | 1hr 48mins 1hr 48mins by bus (66 kms) (66 kms)
 B : Vilcabamba - Ecuador 36 kms 36 kms straight distance | 2hrs 1min 2hrs 1min by car (94 kms) | 2hrs 25mins 2hrs 25mins by bus (94 kms) (94 kms)
 C : Vilcabamba to Zumba - Ecuador 67 kms 67 kms straight distance | 3hrs 34mins 3hrs 34mins by car (167 kms) | 4hrs 16mins 4hrs 16mins by bus (167 kms) (167 kms)
 D : Cuenca - Ecuador 130 kms 130 kms straight distance | 4hrs 27mins 4hrs 27mins by car (262 kms) | 5hrs 20mins 5hrs 20mins by bus (262 kms) (262 kms)
 E : La Balsa to San Ignacio - Peru 120 kms 120 kms straight distance | 6hrs 22mins 6hrs 22mins by car (277 kms) | 7hrs 38mins 7hrs 38mins by bus (277 kms) (277 kms)
 F : Macas to Zamora - Ecuador 216 kms 216 kms straight distance | 4hrs 38mins 4hrs 38mins by car (282 kms) | 5hrs 33mins 5hrs 33mins by bus (282 kms) (282 kms)
 G : Huaquillas - Ecuador 156 kms 156 kms straight distance | 5hrs 18mins 5hrs 18mins by car (290 kms) | 6hrs 21mins 6hrs 21mins by bus (290 kms) (290 kms)
 H : Huaquillas to Machala - Ecuador 145 kms 145 kms straight distance | 5hrs 27mins 5hrs 27mins by car (298 kms) | 6hrs 32mins 6hrs 32mins by bus (298 kms) (298 kms)
 I : Ecuador (Macara) to Sullana to Piura - Peru 108 kms 108 kms straight distance | 7hrs 57mins 7hrs 57mins by car (351 kms) | 9hrs 32mins 9hrs 32mins by bus (351 kms) (351 kms)
 J : Alausi - Ecuador 207 kms 207 kms straight distance | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by car (367 kms) | 7hrs 57mins 7hrs 57mins by bus (367 kms) (367 kms)
 K : Piura to Tumbes - Peru 233 kms 233 kms straight distance | 6hrs 51mins 6hrs 51mins by car (405 kms) | 8hrs 13mins 8hrs 13mins by bus (405 kms) (405 kms)
 L : Mancora - Peru 233 kms 233 kms straight distance | 7hrs 24mins 7hrs 24mins by car (421 kms) | 8hrs 52mins 8hrs 52mins by bus (421 kms) (421 kms)
 M : San Ignacio to Chachapoyas - Peru 174 kms 174 kms straight distance | 9hrs 2mins 9hrs 2mins by car (427 kms) | 10hrs 50mins 10hrs 50mins by bus (427 kms) (427 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Zamora, Ecuador:

Hotel Torres, Zamora, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hotel Torres, Zamora, Ecuador (October 2018 - 2 nights) - Hotel Torres is located in the center of Zamora and for 2 people cost $20 per night. A comfortable room with private bathroom and a window out to the street. Hot water for a nice hot shower after walking in the nearby national park. On a street with many shops and close to the market and bus terminal.
Hotel Orillas del Zamora, Zamora, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hotel Orillas del Zamora, Zamora, Ecuador (July 2011 - 2 nights) - A really nice hotel 5 minutes from the center of Zamora, we had a room with bathroom, cable tv and views directly overlooking the river. We got a good deal with the price, $13 per night for 2 of us. Bliss.

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